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Nepal and Malaysia sign new labour pact

By Our Reporter
Now onward, a Nepali migrant worker needs to pay only Rs. 5800 to reach Malaysia, thanks to the initiative taken by Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Minister Gokarna Bista.
With the signing of the much-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Malaysia for the recruitment, employment and repatriation of Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia, no Nepali worker in Malaysia would be cheated at different levels.
Minister Bista and Malaysian Minister for Human Resource M. Kulasegaren inked the MoU amidst a function organised here on Monday..
Earlier on Sunday, the government had decided to sign the MoU with Malaysia for sending Nepali workers there.
The government had stopped sending Nepali workers to Malaysia five months ago over the security concerns of Nepali labourers there and financial exploitation of workers in different stages.
After signing the MoU, Minister Bista said that the agreement ensured Malaysia as a dignified and safe foreign employment destination for Nepali migrant workers. He said that the MoU signed after the two decades history of labour relations between Nepal and Malaysia would be a milestone for the welfare of Nepali workers there.
According to the MoU, Nepali workers going to Malaysia would not bear any cost under the headings of service charge, tickets (two-way), medical examinations and security clearance which would be borne by the recruiting companies in Malaysia.
Similarly, Nepali workers do not have to pay any levy to the Malaysian government.. It has a labour contract provision of two years. Earlier, the term of labour contract was of three years.
As per the new agreement, Nepali workers working in Malaysia would get the salary not lower than the minimum wage fixed by the Malaysian government. There is also the provision of providing salary to the workers through their bank accounts prior to the 7th day of every month.
The MoU has ensured all types of insurance schemes to Nepali workers in equal footing to the Malaysian workers. There is also a provision of providing special security protection to female workers working in Malaysia. Likewise, the workers will be allowed to keep their passporats with them.
The migrant workers would also get a 15-day vacation in case of demise of their family members in Nepal. In addition, the employers should inform the Nepali Embassy in case of demise and other physical harms to Nepali workers. The employers should manage to send the dead body of the workers to Nepal in case of their demise.

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